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2017 Saleroom Review

December 28, 2017

This has been an impressive year at Dee Atkinson & Harrison as we have broken the £1 million barrier for the first time with the hammer price for goods sold in our auctions at Driffield and Sledmere House.

In our Fine Art & Antiques auctions paintings have led the day as we re-establish ourselves as the leading auction house for the sale of Yorkshire artists, notably Fred Elwell, Walter Goodin, Steven Dews, Jack Rigg, Colin Verity and Richard Firth. On the 1st December we set (we believe) a world record price for a portrait by Fred Elwell, after much research and interest the previously unknown work depicting Mary Elwell in her studio just before their marriage in 1914, sold to the Beverley Art Gallery for £15,680 nearly twice what a Southern regional auctioneer sold it for only six months previously!

The jewellery and watch section has grown from strength to strength with the most interesting highlight being the Medieval posy ring, circa 13/14 th century, that was uncovered in North Cave by a metal detectorist and selling for £2,000 and an early 18 th century anti-slavery pendant, bought in a Withernsea car boot sale for £1, selling for £1,760. A George IV 1937 proof four gold coin set sold for £9,440.

In the Classic Toy, Militaria and Collectors auctions the stand out piece was a fantastic 5" gauge live steam locomotive, of the Evening Star, fantastically detailed and nearly 2 meters long, we had bidders from Aspen, Colorado and Nashville, Tennessee before it was sold to a collector in the North West for £20,060. The military market has performed very well also with a group of ephemera related to Petty Officer T.W. Gould V.C. selling at £1,610 and a Great War group of medals including the Military Medal, awarded to Sgt. H.V. Tombs at £1,840.

The models were led by a wonderful Edwardian shipbuilders half block model of a Hull trawler that after much competition went to a Spanish collector for £2,475. The die-cast models of Corgi and Dinky have provided three large collections that have all been sell-outs, mainly to internet buyers from all over the country.

The most important growth this year has been in the Classic Car & Motorcycle auctions, held at Sledmere House, where we have established ourselves as the leading North of England auctioneer for motorcycles. Records came with the most expensive motorcycle sold in the north, a 1933 Matchless Silver Hawk which sold for £48,160, a world record for a 2014 limited edition Norton Domiracer, which smashed RM/Sothebys record of £24,059 to sell for £37,420. In addition we sold local clubman racer, Ben Nobles 1960 Manx Norton to the Isle of Man TT museum for £31,360. Cars sold included a wonderful 1925 Crossley V screen, believed to be only one in existence for £33,600.

The Victorian and Home Furnishing auctions have continued to be a very useful vessel for executors and people who are downsizing, and have thrown up some great surprises when buyers from the internet spot a potential bargain, such as Chinese blue and white vase that the vendors father had drilled holes into to use it as a hanging pot. The internet lit up and eventually a battle between Chinese internet bidders and a London dealer resulted in the latter winning at £2,300.

2018 holds much anticipation for us with a rare collection of GIA certificated fancy coloured diamonds being auctioned, including an Argyle pink and a pale blue stone, these will be included in the Winter Fine Art & Antique auction to be held on the 9 th February

Also included in the sale is an Art Deco Asscher cut 2.25ct diamond ring with a tempting £5,000/7,000 estimate.

This auction, for the first time, will also include Fine Wine and Spirits as well as a section for Designer fashion.

The 3 rd of March Classic Car & Motorcycle auction, held at Sledmere House, is shaping up to be the best yet with entries already including a rare 1938 HRD Vincent Series-A 500cc Meteor and a matching numbers 1959 BSA Gold Star 500cc already consigned.